Giving back – Good for the heart and business?

Doing a good deed can go a long way. Corporate philanthropy can range from giving a non-profit organization a financial contribution to organizing an office community service day. However, the benefits can be greater than the warm feeling of knowing that you are doing your civic duties.

Build Your Team!

What better team building activity is there than giving back to the community? It is always a benefit to give employees a chance to get know each other better beyond the scopes of everyday work tasks. You might even experience of boost of morale in the workplace!

New Employment Opportunities!

Many candidates look for specific qualities when looking for employment. Doing community service may just give your company the edge it needs to attract potential candidates.  Companies that give employees an option to volunteer during the work day demonstrate how important philanthropy is to them. Going to work and having a chance to give back to the community is the best of both worlds!

Look Good While Doing Good!

The community will develop a positive impression of a company that is contributing to it.  Make sure the philanthropic efforts are done with sincere intentions to enhance the community. Community members will know if the motive is self-serving.

Community service can be good for business when it is done right. Get out of the office and give back!

Christine Lewis

Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Intern~ Spring 2013

Christine Lewis-Intern


24th Annual Temple Terrace Chamber Business Expo & Taste of the Terrace



The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce presents the 24th annual Business Expo and Taste of the Terrace on Tuesday, March 5th from 3pm to 6pm.The expo will be hosted at the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th Street, Tampa, and is sponsored by the Law Office of Jack L. Townsend, Sr. P.A.
In addition to businesses showcasing their products and services to fellow business professionals and community members; this year you can also “taste” the best of Temple Terrace.  Local restaurants will be providing tastes from their menus accompanied by samples of Budweiser beer products provided by the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre.

Attendees have a chance to win a Carnival Cruise for two awarded by Cruise Planners and American Express. Tickets are priced at $5 and can be purchased at the door or by calling the Chamber at 813-989-7004.

Leading the business community is the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce with its strong and committed membership. The Chamber provides many opportunities to get involved and make a difference for you, your business and your community. If you are not currently a member of this Chamber, we strongly suggest you join us and become part of this dynamic group. For more information please visit

Upcoming Events {Week of February 18th-23rd}


February 18th-February 23rd:

Monday, February 18th President’s Day~Chamber Office Closed


Wednesday, February 20th

Monthly Chamber Luncheon 11:45 a.m.

-Hosted by the Temple Terrace Golf & CC

-200 Inverness Ave.

Sponsored by:

NLT logo

Guest Speaker: Richard Gonzmart, CEO, The Columbia Restaurant

-Click here to register TODAY! -Members $18 pre-paid, $20 at door, Guests $25


Thursday, February 21st

Women Mean Business After Hours Networking Event 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

-Hosted by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

-9311 N. 56th St. -Complimentary appetizers and drink specials! -Speed Networking will be featured. -Chamber Members FREE, Guests $10. -RSVP on the chamber website by clicking here!


Friday, February 22nd

GFWC Temple Terrace Woman’s Club 40th Annual Community-Wide Prayer Breakfast

-Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club

-200 Inverness Ave.

-Coffee 7:00 a.m., Breakfast and Program begin at 7:30 a.m.

-Guest Speaker: Pastor Joe Germain

First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace

-Individual tickets $12, tables of 8/$96

-Tickets available by contacting Liz Affronti, 813-988-5626 or Norma Jean Moore, 813-988-3056

-Reservations due TODAY (2/18)!


Saturday, February 23rd 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Grand Opening of Arbor Walk Apartments “Paws Park”

-4121 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa

-Live D.J., K-9 Presentation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department-Hot dogs on the grill and goodies for  your pets!

24th Annual Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and Taste of the Terrace

logo and name togetherTuesday, March 5th 2013
TPepin’s Hospitality Center
Located at 4121 N. 50th Street, Tampa
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Title Sponsor: The Law Office of Jack L. Townsend, Sr. P.A.

$5 admission for event~tickets available at the chamber office 9385 N. 56th Street (Bank of America building before main lobby) or day of event. Organizations wanting to sell tickets please contact

Call (813) 989-7004 for questions and information Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

Expo & Restaurant booths still available see chamber website for more details~

*A vendor’s hour will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. prior to the opening of the Expo*

Participants as of 2/13/2013~

The Law Office of Jack L. Townsend, Sr. P.A.

Bulls Outfitter
Bulluck Law Group
Hillsborough Technical Education Centers (HiTEC)
Pilot Bank
Tampa Electric Company-Trustee
TPepin’s Hospitality Centre

Daniels Chevrolet
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
Otto Engineering
Republic Bank

Cruise Planners/ American Express Travel-Janice Sinardi
The Solution Associates
Watts Dawson & Associates, Inc.
Edward Jones- Perry Jacobsen
Grow Financial Federal Credit
Compass Self Storage
Bank of America

Media Sponsors~
Metropolitan Advertising Company
Tampa Bay Business Journal-Trustee
Tampa Tribune

Advanced Dermatology
AMF University Lanes
Antonio’s Pasta Grille
Artistic Smiles of Tampa Bay, LLC
Blount Curry Funeral Home, Terrace Oaks Chapel
Bay Area Neuro Clinic, Inc.
Buddy Baseball
CGM Services, Inc.
Chick-fil-A Fowler Avenue
City of Temple
Terrace Fire Department
City of Temple Terrace Leisure Services
City of Temple Terrace Police Department
Clarion Hotel
Embassy Suites-USF
Fifth Third Bank
Filter Pure Systems, Inc.
Geiger/Iwerks for You, Inc.
Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center
Hilton Garden Inn
Holiday Inn Express Tampa North
Joyce Coleman State Farm Agency
Lenny’s Sub Shop
Licari Family Chiropractic
Lodge at Lakecrest
Masque Theatre of Temple Terrace
MCC Marketing Group
Northside Mental Health Center, Inc.
Office Dynamics
Office Suites PLUS
Puff n’ Stuff Catering
Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union
Rocky Creek Retirement Village
Rotary Club of Temple Terrace
Scentsy Wickless Candles
SerenBe Day Spa
Spot On Advertising
Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union
Tacoson Mexican Grill
Temple Terrace Bar Association
Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club
The UPS Store #5193
Troy University
University Village
Unlimited Printing
Vernon Sales Promotion
Video Conversions of Florida

Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Office Closed for Holidays

The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce office located at 9385 N. 56th Street will be closed starting Monday, December 24th and re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd. Normal business hours will resume Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

*Happy Holidays from the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce*


Thank you to our members for making 2012 successful, here’s to 2013!

*Thank you to Greene Image  for the photo* 

Women Mean Business November Event Recap

Lauren N. Tice of LNT Social Media Training presenting “Business Basics of Social Media” to the event attendees.

Women Mean Business Networking Event November 27th

Women Mean Business met at Axiom Business Consulting LLC – Seema Jain CPA PA this past week for the November networking event. Lauren Tice of LNT Social Media Training presented the “Business Basics of Social Media”, there was a great turnout and thank you again to Seema Jain CPA PA for hosting!

Women Mean Business is a group of established business women as well as those starting out in business. The group includes Chamber members as well as non-chamber members and meets monthly at a variety of Chamber restaurants and businesses for networking, social interaction, and an opportunity to share ideas.

For more information contact Lauren at or the Chamber office at (813) 989-7004.

Do Your Business a Favor and Increase the Social Media Budget- You Won’t Regret It!

Okay so you’ve set up the social media for your business but now what? Are you using social media to the best of you’re abilities and do you know the benefits of doing so? For those business owners who have created their social media profiles, you’re on the right track but you may be unaware of the amount of time it takes to successfully manage your accounts and the benefits of expanding your social media budget -both of which are key factors to social media success.

The Social Skinny provided the top 10 reasons why businesses should increase their social media budget in 2012. Although this year is coming to an end, these are helpful tips that can also be used when focusing on growing your business in 2013.

I have chosen the top 5 reasons from this list that I believe businesses should focus their attention on when increasing their budget for social media management.

1. Earn Money back with ROI: It’s pretty easy to create a Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, etc.  What’s not so easy is maintaining those accounts, which requires research and takes away time that could be focused on other aspects of your business. Lucky for you, there are businesses that specialize in social media management, but with any valuable service it can come with a hefty price attached. Developing a social media strategy for your business may not be cheap but you can gain 5 times more than you spend on management with the ROI. If your business’ social media is well managed, it can easily out perform some of your more expensive marketing techniques and grow customer loyalty.

2. Social Media Analytics: Social media gives you immediate access to important insights about your company. It gathers information about everything from how many people viewed your page in one month to the customer service skills of your receptionist. Many companies shell out large amounts of money to get these insights about their businesses when it’s really unnecessary- it’s provided to you through your social media mediums.

3. Engaging Conversation: To piggy-back off of No.2- If you took a second to think about some of the marketing efforts you have in place for your business, it’s likely that you will find that most of them are communicated in one way to your public through TV commercials, flyers and brochures or websites. As an owner, you have to make a difficult decision about what you believe you’re public wants to know about your business instead of letting them tell you. By using social media, it gives your business the opportunity to hear positive or negative feedback by engaging them in conversation.

4. Target Audience Marketing: By using more of the old-fashioned marketing techniques, your business, is forcing its products or services on its audience. By only using a couple techniques to marketing your business, it can be assumed that out of all the people you try to reach with print or television marketing styles, about half of the people reached will value and retain the information of your message. On the other hand, with social media, the people who like your Facebook or follow your business on Twitter are doing so because they have a standing interest in your products and services and want to continue to receive information. 

5. Company Awareness: Once your customers have connected with you through  social media, it’s essential to continue engaging them and keep their support- social media helps in that way. Even on the lower side of social media usage- The Social Skinny explains that if your business posts social media at least once a week, thats one message your customers can expect to see a week directly from your business. So when the time comes that they need your services or products, they will immediately remember your business over others.

Don’t miss out on social media marketing for your business just because you’re resistant to change. Using social media is not a reason to abandon the marketing techniques that you already have in place. Instead, think of it as the missing key piece to a well-rounded marketing strategy your business.

 By: Shaleria Faison, Temple Terrace Chamber Intern

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